Historic and panoramic city tour + Lunch (8 hours)
A colorful and bright city, Salvador captivates everyone with the happiness of Afro-Brazilian culture. This unique charm is consequence of the mixture of races, cultures and religions since its foundation. The city separates beautiful beaches from the historical center in two levels: Upper and Lower Towns connected by the famous Lacerda Elevator. The icon of Bahia, Pelourinho, is located In the Upper Town and has a lovely architecture with colorful houses and colonial churches, besides having a delightful typical gastronomy and a special style of music and dance.
This tour is a journey through the history of the city of Salvador, and Brazil as well, passing through the most important monuments to the Historical Center, a major urban complex of the colonial period. On the Upper City tour, guests have the opportunity to appreciate the oldest architectural treasures in Bahia. Starting at Farol da Barra, the entrance of the All Saints Bay, where today the City Nautical Museum functions, and then to Porto da Barra, with its two protecting forts of Santa Maria and San Diego and also the traditional neighborhoods of Corredor da Vitória, Piedade and Campo Grande, the heart of carnival in Bahia. At Municipal Square, there is a beautiful view of Lacerda Elevator, Lower City and the All Saints Bay. It continues to the colorful Pelourinho, with charming colonial houses and streets paved by stones. It is not only one more beautiful place to visit, but is also the symbol of the city, with a great collection of colonial architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There is the Saint Francis Church too, known as the "golden church", with a baroque interior and covered by gold leaf, as well as the Basilica Cathedral. Pelourinho is an important center of culture and entertainment, with many museums, restaurants, theaters and squares, hosting important shows, such as the internationally known "Olodum Rehearsal".
The second part of the tour goes around the Lower Town, visiting the Itapagipe Peninsula, which is full of houses and beautiful landscapes bathed by the bay and the Bonfim Church, a symbol of religious syncretism in Bahia, being a place of pilgrimage and promises that shelters the traditional Lavagem do Bonfim, a ritual that people wash the steps of the church in January. It also goes to traditional neighborhoods, such as Ribeira and Montserrat, where the imposing fort of the same name is located. At last, there is a visit to Modelo Market, a traditional center of handicrafts produced in Bahia that expresses the multicultural aspect of the state.